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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 07/09/2013 3:11 PM

    This team is being built around Lamarcus Aldridge as the center piece. The question is considering we have used all of our cap space this summer and next did we do enough?


    We can still make trades and still possess a 2.5-2.6 million dollar room exception this year. Additionally, should Portland use that exception then the team would go over the cap and would gain a 5 million dollar mid level exception, which could be used next summer. 


    Baring any unforeseen moves the current roster is likely to be the one, which motivates Aldridge to resign or seek his fortunes elsewhere. 


    While the roster is clearly improved over last year especially in terms of depth, there are still numerous question marks remaining.


    Can McCollum play PG? If not then Portland will either be relying on Earl Watson to back of Lillard or will have to make a move.


    How quickly will Crabbe, Leonard, Barton, Claver, Freeland, and McCollum adapt to the NBA style of play? The development of the rookies and second year players will be key in determining how competitive this team will be. If they all fail to develop then Portland will be back in the lottery and Aldridge will be begging to leave. 


    Was Wright's season a product of the chaos in Philly or cause for concern? I would argue it was a little of both, he has always been a fairly streaky shooter and last year he tended to force the issue more than he should. An offense like Portland's, which relies so much on the three could see him score 12 a game off the bench while shooting less than 40% overall. 


    Can Lopez build on last season? He set career highs in most categories including, points, blocks and minutes played. He also played in all 82 games. 


    Can Portland fast break or rebound this year? We have not been a good transition team for many years and nothing really suggests to me that will suddenly change this year. Rebounds are also likely to be an issue again as Lopez is not as effective on the defensive glass as Hickson was. 


    Can we win a playoff series? This above all else is the key to keeping Aldridge, if the team can find a way to move on to the second round at least then convincing Aldridge and Allen the team is just a couple pieces away. As a fan, I will be rooting for this, but I am not sure it will happen this year and next year might be too late.


    What do you think, did the front office do enough to keep Aldridge in town? If not, what can we get for him before he leaves? 

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Nuno
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    Posted 07/09/2013 4:13 PM

    I think Olshey did a good job so far...

    We could get better players? yes, but would be very hard to do it, without giving one of our core.

    Next year, we will have more assets if we need/want to trade, i think, because all our young players will develop...

  1. riverman
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    Posted 07/09/2013 6:05 PM

    On offense I think we're long, young and fast enough to wear down older, slower teams and run them out of the gym. The question mark is going to be the chemistry and the defensive coordinator. Until we see his skillset, we just won't know. We will know what this team is by the Feb trade deadline though and that's when you tweak the roster in my opinion. Not before training camp. I like the pieces so far. To win big you need guys who step up, make that transition to the next level. If enough guys on the roster buy into it, skies the limit!
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 07/09/2013 6:13 PM

    The next star that wants out, I say we can put up quite an offer..

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 07/10/2013 8:11 AM

    River I have no problem with that plan, by then we will know if we are going to compete or not. If not then trading assets like Matthews, Batum and LA should bring back significant assets. Furthermore, at the deadline we will have a better idea how deep this 2014 really will be. If it is as deep and talented as people believe then getting multiple multiple picks in the draft and a couple young pieces will help the team rebuild around Lillard quickly. Lastly, with LA, Batum and Matthews out of the way our rookies and second year players will be free to play and improve on the court

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 07/10/2013 8:55 AM

    Last year our starting five could beat anybody,despite JJ being undersized in the pivot. I hate to keep kicking this dead horse but it was the lack of bench depth that cost us alot of games. I think the addition of T- Rob is going to pay huge dividends. Many people have loss faith in that kid but i havent. I have many people in my life who have lost their Mother and i can tell you from the experience of being around them, its a tough thing to deal with. In Portland though, he's going to have an opportunity to concentrate on one thing...basketball. I also like what Stotts had to say about Crabbe. He's long and can really stroke it. Gets into passing lanes and is a good rebounder. 6'6" is the ideal height for a sg. Id like to see him thrust into the fire and let Wesley come off the bench and wreak havoc. Id love to have seen us really pursue Chauncey rather than Watson to really teach these guys how to play the game. As it stands though, a bench of CJ,Wesley,Dorrel,Robinson and Leonard might be a formidable squad off the bench that can compete.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 07/10/2013 9:57 AM

    Extra personal note about TRob: Not only did he lose his mother, but also his grandmother and grandfather, all 3 in a 3 week period. That would rock ANYBODY to the core.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 07/10/2013 10:02 AM

    Wow...to TRob, sorry for your loss. That's a tough one. LaMarcus is going to be really good for this young man's career and game.

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  1. Simpson
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    Posted 07/10/2013 11:21 AM

    @ Blazer247, thx for letting us know.  IDK what to say :(  I feel very bad T-Rob; I know how hard it is to lose ppl that mean so much 2 u; I've lost quite a few ppl in my life BUT never so many so close together in time :( 

     

    To Thomas I want to say, I like the others here, am very sorry for your loss.  Moderators/to whom it may concern, please relay for us the fans, the message that the support & thoughts that r out here for Thomas from Blazerland.  Basketball is basketball but T-Rob's situation goes WELL beyond the game; this IS about life & about us as REAL people.  Thank you

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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 07/10/2013 1:14 PM

    1. If Robin Lopez shows improvement like he did last season
    2. If CJ can perform close to Damian last season
    3. If Batum can return to his pre injury play (17, 5, 5, 1, 1)
    4. If Meyers Leonard shows improvement and can come close to a rebounder/shot blocker
    5. If we stay healthy


    if The team improves defensively 


    This is what it will take to become a 45+ win team and have a chance of making the second round

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 07/10/2013 1:37 PM

    So your saying there is a chance


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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 07/10/2013 3:20 PM

    We're probably too used to all our plans going wrong in Portland. That might actually be the foundation on which this topic was built.


    The Aldridge era may end here pretty soon but I don't think it will be his being sick of losing that makes him leave. I think it will be more of the "moving forward" approach the team has taken. But those might look pretty much the same to the outside spectator, because another 30-35 win season will basically mean the current plan isn't working and we start building around Dame. So I think you're right, cmeese, that this is an important season to determine LA's future here.


    To directly answer the question, I think the front office has done enough to show that this team, with this core, has promise to become a top team in the west. It certainly depends on many of the factors Siccolo pointed out, but when I look at that list I don't see any impossibilities. In fact, I would expect most of those things to come true (except the second round run...).


    Finally, I think T-Rob has a couple things here that he hasn't had at all in his NBA career: a vote of confidence and a stable environment. Houston did quite well this year, but they had so many problems with rookies and front court players this year that their success was based mostly on James Harden. On top of everything else, he's never had an all-star PF to teach him the game. Portland is a great fit for him, and I'm excited.

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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 07/10/2013 7:31 PM

    In football when your o-line sucks you don't go out and get a wide receiver and a quarterback  you get a guard and a tackle it aint sexy but it is what is needed. The picks we made this year in FA/Draft were not sexy but it was what had to be done. We had to fix the bench and we had to get a center. Is it the center we wanted ..no.. will it be the center we need ...maybe... we will know before the trade deadline. I do know that we lost 20% of our point production and 50% of our rebound production in JJ. Will Robin get some of that slack, undoubtedly, but not all. If we can get 20 -25 points a night from our bench and 11 points from robin we have not gained much but if we can prevent 5-10 points a night less than last year along with it than it is a markedly  improved year.

     Our bench has improved or at least on the face of it does. TRob's 3 teams in 1 and half years does not bother me look at what happened to JJ wasn't his situation similar to TRob's?  worst case scenario he becomes a solid back up for LA for 8 mins a game.

    All in All I think Olshey did ok  I give him a solid  B which could go up but I do not think it will go down.

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  1. fredisdead
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    Posted 07/10/2013 10:38 PM

    imo right now age wise LMA's the odd man out  he's worth max value right now we wont make the playoffs with out him its still not a guarantee if we keep him but if we keep him around another year we risk losing some value so i wonder what they'll decide i like robinson alot he would definitely grab some boreds he's already a better rebounder then LMA but his alaround game needs work so we play to win now i like this team alot didnt care to much for the fropez trade but meyers could take a big step and i think T-rob is taller and more athletic then JJ and JJ would have been fine coming off the bench for LMA just not as a starting center

  1. Cailin Pietersen
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    Posted 07/11/2013 2:09 AM

    I think the level of LA's play is also to be considered here. If he really wants this team to be better, he has to be better. If he shoots 50%+ from the floor and can be a better defensive rebounder then we will be getting somewhere. It's not on management to produce on the court, he has to do his part. We have better pieces this season than we did last so there will be less of a burden on his shoulders. 


    However, should he have a subpar season, and let's say is giving numbers of 18pts and just 7-8 Rebs then we may need to consider pulling the trigger on a trade. I know it's not all in the numbers, but that's just one example. As far as I know he isn't unhappy with our offseason moves and is looking forward to playing in Rip City the coming season. 

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  1. Ricky
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    Posted 07/12/2013 12:20 PM

    I also think LMA needs to pick up his game on the defensive end.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 07/12/2013 12:59 PM

    I think LaMarcus just like Wes and Nic played way too many minutes last season to be able to score and get back on defense night in night out without much rest. Fresh legs are everything on defense. Our bench last year was so bad defensively that the starters would have to come back in and play catchup which many times they did, coming back and erasing deficits but you can only do that so long. True 5s get hammered all night in the post and LaMarcus paced himself incredibly well doing what he could to make a playoff run. I, for one, will give our starters a break from breaking down their stats from last season.
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